Warm weather helps harvest progress

By Charlene Tebbutt
October 18, 2018 - 2:00pm

Farmers were back in the fields this week as warm, drier weather across the province helped to get more of their crop in the bin.

Just over 80 per cent of this year’s crop is now in the bin, according to the Government of Saskatchewan’s weekly crop report. Although wet and cool weather last week created delays on the harvest, more farmers should be able to resume combining now that the sun is out.

The average amount in the bin for this time of year is usually 91 per cent, the province said. Harvesting is most advanced in southwest and southeast Saskatchewan. In the northeast area of the province, producers have combined 79 per cent of the crop, with 74 per cent finished in the west-central region and 68 per cent in east-central Saskatchewan.

Producers in the northwest area have seen several snowfalls already, delaying harvesting there. Producers in the northwest have just 45 per cent of their crops in the bin.

Most parts of Saskatchewan report small amounts of rain and snow over the last week, and the majority of topsoil moisture conditions are said to be adequate.

The province says 86 per cent of durum, 83 per cent of barley, and 72 per cent of spring wheat has been combined. Just over 60 per cent of canola and canary seed is in the bin, with about 46 per cent of flax and 39 per cent of soybeans combined.

The province says most crops coming off the fields are damp and are being placed in dryers.


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After a tough start, producers are getting their crops off around the region

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